Islam in Prison

Finding Faith, Freedom and Fraternity

By Matthew Wilkinson, Lamia Irfan, Muzammil Quraishi and Mallory Schneuwly Purdie

Published

Dec 6, 2022

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447363606

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Dec 6, 2022

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447363613

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Islam in Prison

This overview of how Islam is understood and practised in British and European prisons is an indispensable primer for prison and legal practitioners and policy-makers and contributes a much-needed evidence-base to a controversial subject.

Based on original evidence from 279 Muslim prisoners and 79 prison officers, it explores how Muslims come to be incarcerated, how the practice of Islam affects rehabilitation, the types and effects of Islamic conversion and the professional practice of officers and chaplains. The authors also investigate the common belief that incarceration fosters Islamist extremism. Based on this evidence, they suggest improvements to provision and rehabilitative opportunities for Muslim prisoners.

Matthew Wilkinson is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Cardiff University.

Lamia Irfan is Applied Research Lead at techology and management consultancy Capco.

Muzammil Quraishi is Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Salford.

Mallory Schneuwly-Purdie is a Senior Researcher at the Swiss Centre for Islam and Society, University of Fribourg.

Foreword – Sir David Calvert-Smith and Eoin McLennan Murray

Introduction: A Tale of Three Prisoners

1. Where Does Islam Come from and Who Are Muslim Prisoners?

2. What Is Islam in Prison?

3. Finding Their Faith: Why Do Prisoners Choose Islam?

4. What Types of Islam Do Prisoners Follow?

5. Mainstream Islam in Prison

6. Islamism and Islamist Extremism in Prison

7. The Lives of Muslim Prisoners: Opportunities and Risks

8. Caring for Muslim Prisoners: Muslim Prison Chaplaincy

9. Managing Muslim Prisoners: Treading a Middle Path Between Naivety and Suspicion

10. Conclusions: Finding the Virtuous Cycle